The Future: Delivery Drones (8 Case Studies)

1: Zookal: Textbook delivery by drones

Sick of relying on slow trucks and traditional delivery systems to get his company Zookal’s textbooks to people, Ahmed Haider decided on a fresh approach. Now, his Sydney, Australia-based company will deliver the textbooks via drones.

Today, Zookal, a textbook rental startup, is announcing that by using unmanned aerial vehicles to ferry textbooks to renters, it will cut delivery times from two to three days down to a matter of minutes, while shaving shipping costs down to a tenth of their normal prices.


2: Amazon Prime Air: Delivery of E-Commerce items

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says.The drones, called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order, he said.However, he added that it could take up to five years for the service to start.The US Federal Aviation Administration is yet to approve the use of unmanned drones for civilian purposes. "I know this looks like science fiction, but it’s not," Mr Bezos told CBS television’s 60 Minutes programme. "We can do half-hour delivery… and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3kg), which covers 86% of the items that we deliver." . The service will be called Prime Air and comes as Amazon is looking to improve its efficiency to boost growth.

See the Amazon Prime Air Drone Video:


3: Incake Bakery – Cake Bakery by Drones

The Incake bakery bought three Chinese mini-drones, six-rotor helicopters, and tweaked them to carry its cakes to customers from its main branch on the outskirts of the city.

The remote-controlled drones, which are around three-and-a-half feet wide and weigh 22lb, had a range of a few miles and were mounted with twin cameras to identify their customers.

During one flight last week, a cake drone swerved past skyscrapers facing Shanghai’s Bund before crossing the Huangpu river and delivering its payload of patisserie.


4: Domino’s Pizza- Drone Pizza Delivery

Drones are in the news for all sorts of horrible reasons, but Domino’s might salvage its reputation somewhat by eventually—someday—using them to deliver pizza. The company’s DomiCopter—a joint effort by U.K. drone specialist AeroSight, Big Communications and creative agency T + Biscuits—is an eco-friendly machine capable of carrying pizzas in heatwave bags for impressive distances without refueling, similar to how a swallow would carry a coconut. Sadly, it’s also a threat to the labor force of guys who get stoned in their cars and forget where you live.



5: SF Express: Parcel Delivery

Spotted in the city — located in the southern province of Guangdong with a population of roughly 8 million — by a Weibo user who posted the photos on the Chinese social network, the drones are eight-rotor helicopters, or octocoptors, operated by the delivery service SF Express, whose logo was conveniently plastered on the side of the drone. The company admitted to running trials of the service after media reports picked up on the photos.


6: Beer Delivery Drones

The OppiKoppi Music Festival is launching an app and when festival goers activate the app, they get the opportunity to order a free beer, which we will drop off by parachute using GPS coordinates and a drone. We have a team of two and we’ll take one person with us to help load, but otherwise our drone is flying on GPS, which we program it to do. It will land and take off by itself and once it’s flying it does the whole job itself: follows the programmed coordinates, drops the beer on the coordinates, and then flies home.

7: Taco Delivery Drones:

8: Sushi Delivery Drones:
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